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More than a week ago, I talked to one of my nieces (wife of my nephew  from a  first cousin). They have also set up a small business aside from their old one. They called it  Breadville. So we talked about  the different breads that they make – cookies, muffins. the latest craze now here called ube pandesal,  banana bread and cakes too. Tina learned baking when she stayed in Ireland for a year. I was surprised this afternoon when she called me up asking for our address because Jeff wanted to send banana bread so I could taste their products. I told them, “baka malugi kayo” because deliveries are definitely costly aside from the bread of course. They were generous enough to send me these two loaves of banana bread…..yummy!

The one we opened have different nuts on top and it is so delicious. Paired it with a new blend of Twinings’ Four Red Fruits and it’s perfect.

What blessings!

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Been taking hot tea the whole day. It is a little cold here and you can hear the thunder in the distance. Before lunch, Jovy went out to buy ingredients for our afternoon snack. We were all craving for those traditional recipes like ginataang mais. (coconut milk rice pudding with sweet corn).

It’s the first time in years that I’ve tasted it again. We used malagkit (sticky rice), coconut cream in pouches, 2 cans of corn kernels and a little sugar to taste. I gave a tub to our neighbor and he said it was yummy. I agree.

I also ordered two boxes of our famous Hopia in two different flavors. Hopia is a Filipino-Chinese pastry with different fillings. It is known in Asia than anywhere else. Here, I took a shot too.

belVita has become a favorite. Perfect with a hot cup of tea. This time, it’s Wild berry. I love experimenting on different fruit tea flavors.

Gosh, I am ashamed. When you are on a lockdown, sometimes all you think is about food. We are again on modified enhanced community quarantine until August 18. So far we have the highest number of days of lockdown period but still, COVID positive individuals are still rising every day. So really sad.

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I just finished  trimming the carabao grass early this morning. I’m happy my plants are well. Just updated my garden blog.

I posted some pics at my FB site and one of my friends who loves gardening too identified a plant  that I could not remember its name.

So this is called Scarlet Bush or Don Manuel. It is an easy to maintain plant. Just planted a sapling over a year ago. And it blooms non-stop.

I love this photo. Touched by the sun. That little orange Bougainvillea flower in front of our grotto was lighted by the rising sun.  I am propagating this, cut two stems a week ago and they are thriving well in two pots.

My Adenium bore seeds again and I planted them in small pots until they are old enough to be transferred.

Gardening is such a joy, don’t you think?

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These photos made me laugh and smile and remember those long-ago summer days of my childhood. I’ve often blogged about those times we spent in the province more than half a century ago. We only migrated for good to Manila when we were all in high school because dad’s job was here.

I asked permission from one of our members at our gardening page on Facebook to copy some of her photos that reminds me of how I spent those days long, long ago. Provincial life – simple and carefree. These were during those times when internet and gadgets like cell phones, Ipads, color television were not yet in the picture and all  we had was a simple transistor radio to get in touch with the world.

I used to do this too, fishing during the summer months and the early part of the rainy season. The only difference was that I used to tag along with Mom and my some of my aunts to fish in the river. We would dig earthworm and place them in empty cans with holes at the bottom, use them as baits to catch fish. Those were the days when you learned that observing silence was one activity that you enjoyed.  You must learn to hold your fishing rod and feel the pull of the line once you catch something deep in the river. I remember those woven containers with cover tied to our waist where we place catch for the day. Mom and my aunties would bring either rice cakes  or boiled sweet potatoes for our snack along with a bottle of water, raincoats in case it rains and extra shirt or two when we get drenched.

Would you believe that during the summer months, we did this too? Gathering firewood, those dry branches that we used for cooking.  We usually bring rope to tie those we have  gathered in vacant lots in our barangay. I normally would go with my cousins in the afternoon to gather firewood.

We did this too, my brothers,  cousins and I, using coconut palms as sort of rides  when we played. The only difference was we didn’t need someone to pull the dried palm since the place where we played was downhill. You can pull yourself down and what a joy it was. We usually come home with dirty shorts.

Here’s another one that makes me smile remembering. We called it luksong tinik. Once you hurdle that height, they make it higher by raising their hands upwards. The players are divided into two equal teams. Two players are chosen as mothers of the teams. The rest of the players are children. The mothers are supposed to be high jumpers, for the object of the game is for players to able to jump the height of the hands placed one on top of the other without touching them.

By the way, I updated my garden blog, you can see it here.

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Since Thursday was  a regular working Day, Friday was Valentine’s Day and  Saturday was Family Day, it was decided that we celebrate Oreo’s birthday on Sunday.  Jovy prepared pasta and other finger food for the humans to enjoy but there was a special birthday cake just for Oreo and cupcakes too mixed with his favorite chicken liver.

Jovy took some photos.  There were actually so many but I just chose these four. This was held at Jovy’s grandma’s house.

 

Happy Bark Day indeed!

 

This time, he didn’t have doggie visitors but Jovy prepared these for the kids.

 

He knows how to pose in front of the camera…haha!

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I don’t know what happened but this morning when I opened my computer, it won’t boot again. Sigh 😕👩‍💻🤔 Maybe it really needs a major overhaul or….I need a new one. But the latter is not an option because I just purchased my new tab last August and my new cellphone last October during my birthday.

I finally figured out how to take photos direct to my Media library. It’s quite easy, you just have to choose how to share using the traditional photo on your camera or let WordPress take it. Learning this tool is quite a feat.

Here’s our sala after I removed the Christmas decoration.

Another try with these left-over black grapes from our media noche.

Got it but I need to adjust the size of the photos. There are three options, medium, large and full but it does not say the exact size.

Anyway, it’s nice to practise taking these two photos.

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Our Shih Poo Oreo is always curious when the car leaves the garage and he know when he is supposed to go with us or with Jovy and Josef because we put on his harness. For small pets, harness is more comfortable to them than having a dog collar.  He always guards the door when we are leaving and waits for us to carry him outside. I took a few shots before they left a while ago with Oreo in tow.

 

He just took a bath here and he is quite excited.

 

He looks like a cuddly bear.

 

Curious where he is going….haha!

 

Ready, set…..go!

In human years, he’ll be turning two this coming February. Another year to celebrate with Oreo 🙂

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The very first time I blogged about you, I wrote this

 “I’m just so proud of you baby. You make my heart swell with love. So what they say is true, having a grandson is one of the best things that can ever happen in one’s life. The joys of seeing you at last – unconditional love, immeasurable happiness”

On your first birthday, I wrote this letter to you:

“HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY darling baby Nate. Yeay, and you are counting 🙂 How time flies, now you can walk on your own even if they’re just baby steps. It’s time to see the world from a higher place and discover many, many things dear to your heart.

I can’t believe it, was it only a year ago when your Dad and I patiently waited for you to see the world and hear your first cry? Was it only a year ago when your mom excitedly showed us your pictures while she was in the delivery room even if she was groggy from anesthesia? And I promised myself I would write about your growing up years. You’re one year old now and we’ll have more days, months and years to discover the world through your eyes. And may you grow to be strong, smart, healthy and loving and may you continue to possess that innocence so endearing to see in a lovable child that you are. And I wish you all the precious things that a loving Nonna could wish for”.

I love you baby, you are God’s greatest gift to us. We are indeed blessed having you in our lives. Again, happy birthday!

In between, we celebrated your birthdays  in different settings. You have your first airplane ride when you were two. It’s now your seventh year and you have made us proud being a smart, kind, warm, loving and lovable kid,

 

I remember you telling me when we went out during my birthday last month that you won’t have a party since your trip to Singapore and Legoland Malaysia was your gift from your mom and dad. You even said that you have no more money since you bought Lego toys there.  Did you enjoy the trip? It was a big “yes” shout from you.

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5:30 am

I was sitting at the garden waiting for the day to begin. The street lights were still on and it was dark still. With a mug of Swiss Miss in hand, I was also listening to the classical music on my transistor radio before the station signs in. It was one of those no-commercial break stations featuring those lovely music and passages from the Bible with corresponding reflections….lovely.

The morning is waking up. Cars and motorcycles break the silence. I got my garden shears and started  trimming the carabao grass. It has grown again in the whole month that we didn’t touch them. I stayed at the garden close to two hours and I didn’t even make a dent except trimming those so close to the concrete stepping stones.

That cleaner portion was the only thing I’ve done this morning.

I still have to trim the carabao grass here at the front of the house.

Only a grass cutter is practical here because we have lots of stepping stones  all the way from the garage up to the side of the house. I hope this afternoon won’t be too hot so I could garden again.

This is where my hanging plants are at the side of the house.

It’s a little tiring to stay in the garden when the sun is up.

 

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Just updated my gardening blog. Took shots of my green plants early this morning. You can find them all here at Gardens and Empty Spaces.

 

 

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